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F I N D I N G   H O M E

The Garfield Shorts Spotlight Series Vol. 2

FINDING HOME can mean many things — a point of origin; a destination; a safe harbor;  memories good or bad; a source of mystery; common ground, a new adventure.  And of course, an illusive ideal as in “home is where the heart is.”

In this new edition of the Shorts Spotlight Series, we bring you the concept of home in many guises, in a compilation of nine new live-action and animated shorts with an entertaining and thought-provoking mix of comedy, drama and documentary films. Runtime is 96 minutes, plus discussion, tickets are $8 / $10 in advance and $12 / $15 at the door.

CWC is delighted to collaborate with Bretton Miller and Pierce Ryan, graduates of Florida State University’s prestigious College of Motion Picture Arts. From a pool of short films suggested by Miller and Ryan, the slate allows audiences to see a broad range of focused, eclectic, engaging work.

Cinema at the Garfield Theatre enhances our patron experience and convenience, with  quality films you will not likely see elsewhere, post-film discussions, a sense of community, affordable concessions, discount dining options and ample parking.  JOIN US!


“FINDING HOME” – The Garfield Shorts Spotlight Series, Volume 2.  A 96-minute program with nine short films – an even mix of comedy, drama and documentary.
* Most people find the post-film discussion worthwhile – budget two hours for the complete experience.

☀ THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. Google Map    Garfield Parking Options

☀ Saturday, September 23, 7:00 pm

Adult Tickets are $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door. Student Tickets are $8.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door. Tix are available online via the Tix Button, and by phone at (859) 957-3456.

The Garfield is ADA accessible. ADA details and Covid-19 safety information can be found on the CWC Policies Page.


Outside food and drink is not allowed in the theatre.

Purchase of a ticket confirms acceptance by the purchaser that the presenter/host and their staff will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of attendance at this event.

Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk.

No refunds, no exchange.



It couldn’t be easier – across the street from the Garfield Theatre, you’ll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees, sides and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks.

CWC patrons receive a 15% discount on their order, excluding alcohol; menu is on the website. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially if you are dining between weekend sessions. You should present your online confirmation or ticket from the event, and let your server know if there are time constraints. The discount is valid only for the date of ticket.

HOURS: MON, closed; TUE-WED-THS, 4-10 pm; FRI-SAT, 4-12 am; SUN, 4-10 pm. The kitchen closes one hour before the restaurant. Hours and menu subject to change – check the website before booking.  RESERVATIONS REQUESTED: 513-954-8974 or


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Director: Alex Coppola, 10:00, Live-Action, Docudramedy
After the death of his mother, author Morgan Talty returns home — to a house that might be haunted — searching in the things she left behind for clues about where his mom has gone.
Forget about pigeonholing this genre-bending documentary/fiction/comedy/thriller gem – just enjoy the laughs and real emotions that flow from this smart, captivating and authentic story – laced with mood changes and plot twists that will keep you guessing.


Director: Harrod Blank, 17:38, Live-Action, Documentary
A heartwarming portrait of an “off the grid” Idaho hermit, Richard “Dugout Dick” Zimmerman, who made his home in caves he dug on the banks of the Salmon River.  Dick had been a fisherman and copper prospector in depression-era Idaho when he decided to create his river view abode using only his bare hands, shovel, pick-axe, a wheelbarrow and found objects.  A progressive thinker and inventor, he farmied organic vegetables and used solar batteries for power, while digging more caves which he rented out to like-minded souls.  Upon his death at age 94 in 2010, a memorial was created celebrating the life and unusual home of this Idaho legend.


Director: Daniel Sinclair, 14:21, Live-Action, Dark Dramedy
Jane and Teddy are on the brink of divorce – but when their marital problems come to a sticking point, they have an unexpected breakthrough which keeps their home and family together.


Director: Adinah Dancyger  8:00, Live-Action, Comedy
In this Slamdance Grand Jury Prize winner, the act of moving a bulky mattress into a new walk-up apartment becomes absurdist one-woman choreography in this wordless vignette, full of humor, pathos and painfully familiar to city-dwellers everywhere.


Director: Pierce Ryan, 9:00, Live-Action, Documentary

In this world premiere from Cincinnati-based Devra Labs, filmmakers Pierce Ryan and Bretton Miller explore the process of rebuilding homes, and lives, in the wake of Colorado’s catastrophic wildfire.


Director: Di Lu, 15:00, Live Action, Drama

Wu Yan comes to America expecting to reunite with his wife in a new home, only to find her untimely death has been covered up by another woman.


Director: Jack Nop, 5:00, Animation, Fantasy/Drama

Home alone? Not exactly. An imagined killer is trapped in his home, confronted by surreal visions including goat people and an other-worldly bison. An unsolved true crime story is the basis for this five-minute animated short that will thrill fans of supernatural stories and inventive stop-motion techniques.  A haunting score adds to the tension and completes the sense of a waking nightmare.


Director: Lena Hudson, 10:00, Live-Action, Comedy

In this character-driven comedy, twenty-something Alison shares a domicile with her older boyfriend. She wants to break up and move home, and asked her father to help with the move. Dad shows up with a breakup survival kit (some pot and a Joni Mitchell CD). Before starting they smoke a little weed, and – thanks to some off-screen business we won’t talk about here – introduce Freudian undertones.

The film slowly reveals the intricacies of a father/daughter relationship, balancing tenderness and discomfort, while the dialogue remains witty and sharp.


Director: Yoo Lee, 7:00, Animation, Comedy

In this stop-motion animated comedy, California transplants Yujin and Matt move to their new home in Jersey City. As they encounter an odd assortment of neighbors and situations, they question their decision to relocate. But everything changes when a wild turkey shows up on their street, bringing the local band of misfits together in a most unusual way.




Please welcome FSU film grads Bretton Miller and Pierce Ryan.  One of the nation’s top-twenty film programs, the FSU College of Motion Picutre Arts doesn’t stop with technical and creative proficiency. Equally important – especially for our viewers – CMPA graduates are exposed to the traditions of  world cinema from Kubrick to Kurosawa, plus have access to the program’s extensive film library and alumni network. Miller and Ryan have established a film making hub in Cincinnati — we look forward to seeing and sharing their work going forward.


Bretton has been involved in filmmaking since his early teens, exploring live-action shorts, documentaries, and animation. He graduated from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts, with a BFA in Film Production specializing in directing.

He has had various roles in the production of forty short feature-length films, in front and behind the camera.  In addition, Bretton served as a screenings coordinator and film programmer while at Florida State. Currently, he is the co-founder of Devra Labs in Cincinnati which creates short films, commercials, music videos and feature films. His activities include directing, writing, editing, shooting and acting in Devra’s short films.


Born and raised along the panhandle of North Florida, Pierce first discovered his interest in storytelling on a scout campout, retelling old Orson Welles radio broadcasts around a fire.

A graduate of the Florida State College of Motion Picture Arts and co-founder of Devra Labs, Pierce aims to continue his film education through independent film production in collaboration with artists he meets along the way. His activities include directing, writing, editing, shooting and acting in Devra’s short films.


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